January 2017 Homeschool Mother’s Journal

One reason I love blogging is that it has been an excellent way for me to journal my homeschool experience. I've resolved this year to write down each month the things we're doing. I hope you enjoy a peek into my journal!

In my life this month…  

We are in the middle of a huge addition to our home. It's not that the project is so big, it's mainly that I've lived in this house for the better part of all of my 37 years, and this is the first major construction project we've ever done. What used to be a covered patio is now turning into a library! I'm thrilled.



We decided to call it the "library" because it's going to serve several purposes. First of all, it will be a great office for me to work. I've been blogging for more than a year, and I've really started to make some consistent income. This has been a huge blessing for our family. It will be great to have a place that doesn't have a TV to go work...that isn't on my bed. I'm pretty spoiled.

Secondly, it will become the new homeschool room. Since my husband teaches music lessons during the day out of our home, it will be nice to have a place to keep the schooling going even when music students are present. We've loved having the constant flow of people in our home, and now it will be great to be able finish up school when we need to.

Lastly, it is going to house all of the books in my home, which thrills my heart. I'm looking forward to quiet reading times, and a place to refresh and invigorate my soul. Speaking of reading...

What we're reading this month...

I absolutely love anything written by Janet and Geoff Benge, but George Muller is one of my favorites. I'm constantly amazed by the way he stepped out in faith to care for others.

In my personal time (what is that really?), I've been slowly making my way through George MacDonald's The Curate of Glaston. He's an author that inspired C.S. Lewis, and I can totally see why.

My favorite thing this month…

We're slowly getting back into our school routine. It's always challenging to shift off of our holiday life. The one thing that is always easy to get back into: morning time. At this point, we're keeping it simple. Our time consists of three things:

  1. Time in God's Word
  2. CNN 10 (formally known as CNN Student News) - we're loving the update
  3. Reading George Muller

It's a great way to stay connected and get back into the swing of things without stressing anyone out.

On my blog in case you missed it...

It's been pretty quiet over the last couple of weeks on my blog. I needed some time to focus on my family and changes that were taking place over the holidays. A friend asked me if I had taken her off of my mailing list since she hadn't received an e-mail in some time. If you've been wondering the same thing, don't worry, my weekly emails are coming back. You didn't miss anything! I just took a break.

I'm ramping back up and looking forward to a new year and learning with all of you in 2017.

Check out my top 10 posts from last year, and I'd love to hear what you'd like to see on the blog this year.

Click below to get a peek behind the scenes of other homeschool moms:


  1. Dianna @The Kennedy Adventures on January 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I’m envious —- that image is lovely, and A LIBRARY???? I might never leave my house.

    • Betsy on January 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      I know right?! I’m so excited!

  2. Michelle on January 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    That looks like the perfect use of that space! How fun! We love the Christian Heroes Then and Now series too! Visiting from iHomeschool Network – nice to meet you, Betsy!

  3. Tara on January 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    A home addition called a library had this bibliophile’s heart pitter pattering 🙂 How fun! We have enjoyed many of the YWAM biographies here in our home. That’s a great one

    Stopping by from HS Mother’s Journal <3

    • Betsy on January 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      I thought it was a much better name for our addition than a “home school room.” I’m sure I will spend most of my day in there!

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